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False Animal Facts You Might Still Believe

Updated on April 14, 2018
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Years of animal study has taught Sage the truth behind many so called facts on animals.

False Facts

Animals are everywhere, come in every size, have their own attitudes and way of survival. Many people end up creating "facts" about different animals, usually ones everyone is familiar with, that end up being completely wrong. So let us take a walk through some of the more well known ones, and find out just how far off these are.

Opossums carry all sorts of disease and are vicious

Ok, so no to all of this. Let me start out by saying possums are immune to rabies, and eat ticks that cause Lyme Disease, which they do not catch. Possums only look vicious cause of their lovely teeth, which are pointed. They only show these off to try and scare potential predators, as well as hissing. The best thing to do with a possum is just to leave them alone, and let them do their own thing. It is North America's only marsupial, and even though they don't fall into the stereotypical "cute" category, they are still pretty darn cute. Especially the baby ones, like the one in the picture up there.

Sharks actively seek out people to nom on.

Say hello to the ocean's largest predator, the shark. No, they do not hunt humans, in fact they try to avoid them. However, due to their poor eyesight, they tend to have run ins with humans. When they investigate, they tend to use their snoot due to not having any hands to touch with. So, here comes big 'ol scaly shark to investigate using its mouth, human freaks out, causes a lot of splashing, shark thinks it has a meal and attacks. Most attacks happen due to a shark not recognizing what is food what is human. This is most likely the reason why people have found odd items in the stomachs of sharks, cause if it looks like food, must be food! Sharks are amazing, and people should just leave them be.

Pit Bulls are dangerous.

This is a topic that has been around for YEARS. These dogs are in no way naturally vicious, that is due to irresponsible, ignorant dog "owners" who want a vicious guard dog. These are the dogs usually blamed for attacks and maulings, yet any dog can become vicious, even the small Chihuahuas. It all depends on how the dog is raised, that is it. Pit Bulls are the original nanny dogs, trained to constantly be around children and make sure they are safe. However, sometimes between then and now they became the face of vicious dogs, mainly due to the start of dog fighting. Ignorant people want a dog that looks tough with a strong bite, they use the Pit. The stigma surrounding these precious dogs needs to end immediately.

Brown cows make chocolate milk.

Yep, you read that right. I recently saw a post about a study that most adults think brown cows make chocolate milk. I can understand a child saying that, and the parent agreeing in humor, but actual adults thinking this? This is probably the most ridiculous one I've come across, how could someone legitimately think brown cows do that? If it were true, though that would actually be kind of awesome. Fresh chocolate milk straight from the cow!


Wolves howl cause they are lonely.

Everyone knows wolves howl, but not for that reason. Wolves howl to either locate their pack if they strayed too far from them, or to let other wolves know where their territory is. Wolves are pack animals, and are usually not found on their own, unless they get too far or are forming their own pack.

Camels store water in their humps.

I'll admit, I actually believed this when i was younger. But thanks to Animal Planet and National Geographic, I quickly learned that that is not what the hump is for. Instead, it actually houses fat, which provides the camel with the same amount of energy as three weeks of food. They can also survive seven days without water thanks to oval shaped red blood cells, pretty neat right? Due to being desert dwelling creatures, they have adapted to going days without water and food at a time. Just a little side note, camels also have sharp teeth. Go ahead and google camels with their mouths open, its a pretty terrifying sight.

Touching a frog or toad can cause warts.

So, I'm pretty sure this was made up to keep children from catching and playing with these amphibians. This, however, is false. Warts are a human virus and is in no way associated with toads and frogs. The bumps on toads look like warts to people, and they assumed that they were contagious. How it came about with frogs, I'm guessing some frogs have small bumps as well? All of the frogs I've seen look pretty smooth and sleek to me.

Birds will reject their babies if touched by humans.

Yet another popular notion, this is in fact false. Most birds, aside from vultures, have a poorly developed sense of smell, and would not even notice a human scent of their babies. This seems to be another tale made up to, yet again, prevent people from messing with fledglings. In case you don't know what a fledgling is, it's a baby bird who is learning to fly. Most cases they can be found on the ground, and if they aren't injured, its best to leave them be and let them learn.

Bulls hate red and are overly aggressive.

This was only made due to the disgusting scene of bull fighting. Cattle are color blind to the color red, and the only reason bulls react how they do is the movement of the cape. Also, these are social animals, and when in their natural environment, they are much less aggressive. The reason behind the aggression is due to them being isolated and harassed by people, all for entertainment.

Rabbits love carrots.

Bugs Bunny, anyone? In that note, television is mostly responsible for popularizing this. Note, rabbits will eat carrots, but are not crazy over them as some shows hint at. Instead, rabbits prefer to nom on some yummy leafy greens or even hay. They won't destroy your carrot garden, unless they want that delicious looking green leafy stuff at the top of it.

That's it for now!

These are just some of the few I happened to come across, hear from others or even remember hearing as a child. Do you have any facts you remember hearing? I'd like to know and together we can figure out if it's true or not. Don't be afraid to post something that might be overly silly, there is no judgment here.

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    • jennzie profile image

      Jenn 

      23 months ago from Pennsylvania

      Interesting facts! I don't understand how an adult could believe brown cows make chocolate milk! And I also love pit bulls- it's so sad how they get such a bad rap. There are no bad dogs, only bad owners.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      23 months ago from United Kingdom

      This is quite interesting and I enjoyed reading it. I remember the thing about brown cows but I find it mind-boggling that adults actually believe this. lol

    • tsadjatko profile image

      23 months ago from now on

      A good read. You might mention the reason possums don't get rabies is not that they have immunity to it. Any mammal can get rabies. However, the chance of rabies in an opossum is EXTREMELY RARE which may have something to do with the opossum's low body temperature (94-97º F) making it difficult for the virus to survive in an opossum's body. I've wondered if that is true then why don't we induce hypothermia in rabies victims instead of shots but I can not find an answer to that question.

      Here is one for you, probably the biggest animal myth ever concocted. Animals evolved by a process called endosymbiosis from organisms like bacteria.

      Don't be fooled by the supposed tree of life. Animals have not evolved into higher life forms but rather God created animals with amazing genetic diversity.

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